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White House press secretary Josh Earnest began his daily press briefing with what sounded like a sober announcement. He said he wanted to clear up something from President Obama's much-talked-about news conference on Thursday.

Would he be disclosing the White House's "strategy" for combatting the Islamic State in Syria that Obama said he didn't "yet" have?

White House press secretary Josh Earnest/AP

Nope, he just wanted to joke about that unsightly tan suit.

"The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit," Earnest said to laughs.

And with that, Earnest began taking questions on the much more serious matters of war and peace.

His comments were the first official White House response to the president's shocking sartorial move to ditch his preferred blue or gray suit in favor of beige.

Earnest had already started the clean-up job on that other Obama gaffe, when he said with regard to ISIL, "We don't have a strategy yet."

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